Carla Caldwell for AtlantaBusinessChronicle
Georgia Congressman John Lewis says he wants to know why people are being turned away from a program that helps provide heat to low-income residents in Fulton County.
Lewis told WXIA-TV he has received calls from people who say the agency is out of money and can’t help. WXIA reports people were able to apply for the aid starting just this week.
Georgia received $60.4 million for the assistance program this year, which is more than last year, Lewis said.
WXIA reports that money for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Georgia is provided by the federal government to the state Department of Health and Human Services, and then administered to local agencies.
In Fulton County, money for such assistance is administered through the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority. Calls to the agency early Tuesday were met with a recording that says no more appointments are being taken until additional funding is made available.
Originally Appeared On: Atlanta Business Chronicle